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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 2
Average Mileage:
21,775 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2008 Chevrolet Cobalt seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2008 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments

problem #6

Jan 022012


  • miles


2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. Consumer request information and records for this vehicle. The consumer and his girlfriend were involved in an accident and consumer asserts that there were mechanical defects the consumer believed the defect was in the power steering motor and air bags. The consumer crashed into a telephone pole and was charged with vehicular manslaughter. The consumers girlfriend owned the vehicle and was killed.

- Warren, ME, USA

problem #5

Mar 252011


  • 58,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph, the front driver side tire went flat and the contact lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle flipped twice and crashed into a ditch. During the crash, the driver side seat belt did not secure the contact nor did the air bags deploy. The contact suffered two broken ribs and a broken pelvis. The vehicle was destroyed during the crash. The failure mileage was 58,000.

- Longview, TX, USA

problem #4

Aug 012010


  • 47,000 miles
Cobalt 08 passenger airbags need service.

- Sunrise, FL, USA

problem #3

Jun 212010


  • 24,650 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. While braking from approximate speed of 30 mph, the contact proceeded to crash into a vehicle ahead of him. The air bags did not deploy yet there were no injuries. A police report was available. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact stated he had contacted the dealer several times prior top the crash because the air bags would partially deploy from its housing. The dealer would push the air bag back into place. On one occasion, the entire air bag was replaced. The failure and current mileages were 24,650.

- Morgantown, WV, USA

problem #2

Jun 222008


  • 1,000 miles
My son was in a motor vehicle accident. It was a single car accident in which he lost control of the car, went off the road, hit a tree stump and then the car was spun sides, rolled onto it's side and into a tree. None of his airbags deployed. He was killed in the car accident while 3 other kids walked away. He was the driver and the car was hit on the drivers side.

- Wesley Chapel, FL, USA

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problem #1

Mar 132008


  • miles
I was driving a 2008 Chevy Cobalt lt at about 30mph on a sunny and beautiful day when for no reason at all the drivers side, passengers front, passengers side, and both rear passenger airbags deployed. I brought the car to a secure stop. There was no warning that this was going to happen. The airbag indicator light did not light up, nor did an alarm go off telling me that there was something wrong. General Motors has done an investigation and has refused to release the reason that the airbags deployed.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

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